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Original Charley Harper 1968 Gouache Painting "Capybara"

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Charley Harper (Cincinnati, Ohio; 1922 – 2007)
Capybara, 1968
Gouache on illustration board
Includes letter of authentication from Brett Harper, son of Charley Harper and Director of Charley Harper Art Studio

An original gouache painting on illustration board titled Capybara by well-listed Geometric Minimalist wildlife artist Charley Harper (Cincinnati, Ohio; 1922 – 2007), completed in 1968. An image of this work was also published in the 1969 book The Animal Kingdom: An Introduction to the Major Groups of Animals by George S. Fichter, illustrated by Charley Harper, on page 90. This work depicts a playful rendering of the famously large rodent, known as the capybara, paddling through pristine blue water. The work is signed by Harper along the bottom edge. This piece is matted and set under glass, housed in a beveled black wooden frame, equipped to hang. The original frame backing with The Frame House Gallery foil label and ink inscription of title accompanies this piece separately, as well as the original gallery literature from the 1969 exhibition of Harper’s paintings at The Frame House Gallery, in which this painting was featured.

Harper was a beloved Cincinnati-based artist and conservationist, renowned for his minimal realism style. He was quoted as saying “I don’t try to put everything in, I try to leave everything out.” His work is delightfully laced with humor and sometimes includes short prose.


5.75" W x 8.25" H x 1.0" D

- visible image area measures 2.25″ × 4.25″.

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